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List of Sri Lankan Tamils

This is a List of Tamils of Sri Lanka by their country of domicile or origin. All communities that speak Tamil or spoke Tamil and originally came from Sri Lanka are included. Tamils of Sri Lanka today are a trans-national minority and are found across the globe. They are known by many other names including Ceylonese, Jaffnese, Eelamese and Nagas among others.

Contents

  • Sri Lanka 1
    • Academics 1.1
    • Activists 1.2
    • Actors & directors 1.3
    • Sri Lankan international and first class cricketers/umpires/administrators 1.4
    • Other Athletes & sports people 1.5
    • Authors, writers, poets & artists 1.6
    • Business people 1.7
    • Diplomats 1.8
    • Historical figures 1.9
    • Tamil historical figures who ruled the Sinhalese kingdom 1.10
    • Journalists & broadcasters 1.11
    • Lawyers & judges 1.12
    • Militants & rebels 1.13
    • Military 1.14
    • Politicians 1.15
    • Religious figures 1.16
  • Australia 2
    • Activists 2.1
    • Business people 2.2
    • Singers 2.3
  • Canada 3
    • Academics 3.1
    • Actors & directors 3.2
    • Athletes & sports people 3.3
    • Authors, writers, poets & Musicians 3.4
    • Business people 3.5
    • Journalists & broadcasters 3.6
    • Politicians 3.7
  • India 4
    • Actors & directors 4.1
    • Authors, writers, poets & artists 4.2
    • Politician 4.3
  • Malaysia 5
    • Academics 5.1
    • Athletes & sports people 5.2
    • Authors, writers, poets & artists 5.3
    • Business people 5.4
    • Civil servants 5.5
    • Politicians 5.6
  • Singapore 6
    • Academics 6.1
    • Authors, writers, poets & artists 6.2
    • Civil Servants 6.3
    • Politicians 6.4
  • UK 7
    • Academics 7.1
    • Activist 7.2
    • Athletes & sports people 7.3
    • Musicians & singers 7.4
    • Journalists & broadcasters 7.5
  • USA 8
    • Academics 8.1
    • Business people 8.2
    • Musicians & singers 8.3
    • Politicians 8.4
  • See also 9
  • References 10

Sri Lanka

Academics

Activists

Actors & directors

  • Rukmani Devi - Popular film actress.
  • Roshan Ranawana-(Real Name Roshan Masilamani) - Popular film actor.
  • Chandran Rutnam - Film producer / Director
  • Richard de Zoysa- Tamil and Singhala mixed origin (Son of Manorani Sarawanamuttu) stage drama actor and Sinhala film actor brutally killed by Sri Lankan government paramilitary forces during the JVP insurrection

Sri Lankan international and first class cricketers/umpires/administrators

Other Athletes & sports people

Authors, writers, poets & artists

Business people

Diplomats

  • Yogendra Duraiswamy - First Batch of Ceylon Overseas Service - 1949.
  • Tamara Kunanayakam - Sri Lankan Ambassador to Cuba (2008-2009), Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Historical figures

Tamil historical figures who ruled the Sinhalese kingdom

Journalists & broadcasters

Lawyers & judges

Militants & rebels

Military

  • Air Vice Marshal Ravi Arunthavanathan - Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Air Force and current Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence
  • Major General Y. Balaretnarajah, Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya, Uttama Seva Padakkama, National Defence College, India, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps - Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army (June 10, 1992 - September 30, 1992).
  • Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar, Royal Victorian Order, Royal Ceylon Navy - former Commander of the Navy (Sri Lanka)
  • Air Vice Marshal A. Kumaresan, Rana Sura Padakkama, Uttama Seva Padakkama, Psc (British Army), Sri Lanka Air Force - current Director Planning, Sri Lanka Air Force.
  • Major General Anton Muttukumaru, OBE, Efficiency Decoration, Aide-de-camp, Ceylon Light Infantry - first Ceylonese Commander of the Sri Lanka Army
  • Major General E. G. Thevanayagam, Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya - Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (1984–1986)
  • Major General Chelliah Thurairaja, Uttama Seva Padakkama, Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps - former Director Army Medical Services and Colonel Commandant Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps.

Politicians

Religious figures

Australia

Activists

Business people

  • Jitto Arulampalam - Currently Chairman of Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited and Euro Petroleum Limited. Australian Financial Review MIS Magazine 2006 recognized him as one of the Top 25 global rising stars.[7][8]
  • Maha Sinnathamby - Renowned property developer and is the man behind Australia's largest real estate project. Frequently listed in BRW's annual list of the 200 richest Australians.

Singers

  • Kamahl (Kandiah Kamalesvaran) - Prominent singer.

Canada

Academics

Actors & directors

Athletes & sports people

Authors, writers, poets & Musicians

Business people

Journalists & broadcasters

Politicians

India

Actors & directors

Authors, writers, poets & artists

  • V. Kanakasabhai - Lawyer, historian and Dravidologist of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.

Politician

Malaysia

Academics

Athletes & sports people

Authors, writers, poets & artists

  • Manicasothy Saravanamuttu - Editor of The Straits Echo in Malaya (1931–1941) credited with 'saving' Penang during Japanese invasion in 1941. He is the author of The Sara Saga.
  • Rani Manicka - Writer.

Business people

  • Vijay Eswaran - Group MD and CEO of the QI Group of companies.
  • Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam - Executive chairman of Westport. Ranked 29th in the 2007 Forbes Asia List of the 40 Richest Malaysians.
  • Ananda Krishnan – Malaysia's richest man and 62nd Richest Man in the world according to the 2009 Forbes Billionaire List.
  • Bastianpillai Paul Nicholas - the first non-British businessman who endeavoured to become one of the top bankers in the then Malaya.

Civil servants

Politicians

Singapore

Academics

  • Philip Jeyaretnam – Professor of Law and Member, Public Service Commission.
  • Shan Ratnam - Prominent former Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the National University of Singapore.

Authors, writers, poets & artists

Civil Servants

Politicians

UK

Academics

  • Ganesh Sittampalam- Guinness World Record Holder as the youngest person in the UK to pass an A-Level in 1988, having been aged only nine years and four months old at the time.

Activist

Athletes & sports people


Musicians & singers

Journalists & broadcasters

USA

Academics

Business people

Musicians & singers

Politicians

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Ananda K. Coomaraswamy:From Geology to philosophia perennis
  2. ^ Kunarasa, K The Jaffna Dynasty, pp.82-84
  3. ^ Gnanaprakasar, S A critical history of Jaffna, pp.113-117
  4. ^ Abeysinghe, T Jaffna Under the Portuguese, pp.58-63
  5. ^ Gnanaprakasar, S A critical history of Jaffna, pp.153-172
  6. ^ Army, Sri Lanka (October 1999). Sri Lanka Army, "50 YEARS ON" - 1949-1999 (1st ed.). Colombo: Sri Lanka Army.  
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Film Collection - National Film Board of Canada - Blood and Water
  10. ^ "Sivarasa Wins!". Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
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